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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Whales by the bunch!

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by tsipper

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Transpacific
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window

Chance to see northern Japan, Russian port- which I never could see while in the Navy because of clearances for almost 30 years. Alaska was exceptional, as always- fourth visit. Never stop being overwhelmed with the beauty of the country. It truly was a whale bonanza this year- think we can rest easy about the future of the humpback for a while. They are real showmen I'm convinced.

Saw some of the lack of crew prep for disembark evolutions that others have noticed. Whatever the reasons, they are non-excusable. Continue to be amazed that people can stare at their phones; difficult to call their phones smart, while viewing some of the most incredible glaciers, wildlife, and natural beauty literally 360 degrees around them. Enough of the negative.

Shore excursions were enjoyable, but overpriced through the ship. In Alaska especially, there are many other more reasonable providers of whale watching and White Mountain trips just to name a couple.

This really was a unique cruise for me anyway, in that involved northern Japan and Russia. It also was long enough to really make some friends and settle down to a routine of your own choosing- difficult things to accomplish in a week or less cruise.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin OB 5056

Ok, nothing special- cabin seemed to stay dusty, a fine coat, for the whole cruise.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Enjoyed the open market, gardens, and the theater performance was special

Kenai Fjords National Park

Orca whale watching cruise- of course, saw no orcas- but lots of humpbacks and steller sea lion. Great boat and crew

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Glacier Bay

Always one of the most special places on earth

Mendenhall Glacier

see previous comment- combined excursion

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Whale Watching

Another excellent whale watching trip. Lots of rain at glacier, but still a special place.

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Hoonah Scenic Drive

Dennis was very knowledgeable about his Tinglet tribe and clan- very good guide and enjoyable excursion

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Totem Bight State Park

Knowledgeable guide, gave us a lot of information. Beautiful place for some pics in the park

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